Senior Center of West Seattle
Celebrating National Senior Center Month
Jean discovered the Senior Center of West Seattle in 1987 when her tap dance group was looking for a rehearsal space. “Our tap teacher taught exercise classes here. They were so nice to us, we thought we should join,” she said. She proudly pulls out her original membership card from January 1987.
A few years later, she started volunteering. “A friend of mine asked me to help a bit with memberships. It was fun and it got me started. Fifteen years ago my husband passed away and I started doing a little more and a little more. It was like Topsy, it just grew. Now I manage all of the memberships. I love it. You have to keep your body and your brain busy.”
Jean can be found at the membership desk five days a week. Her system of 3 x 5 index cards is a marvel of organization and ensures that members are current on their dues. She laughs but doesn’t apologize for not wanting to computerize the system. She’s comfortable – and efficient – with the tools at hand. “I often take work home, too,” she says. “I need something to do.”
Jean is also the go-to tour guide for the Senior Center of West Seattle. As soon as someone comes in, she drops what she is doing and starts a conversation. “My first question is ‘do you live in West Seattle?’ (Most do, but we have members from many neighborhoods.)” She finds out how long they have lived in the area and what interests they have. She knows everything that happens at the center, so she’s able to describe the programs and activities that they are most likely to enjoy.
“You need to feel like you’re accomplishing something, she says. “And that you’re doing something that helps people.”
We enjoy more conversation about the Center, until two women come to the desk, a mother and daughter. They have recently moved to West Seattle. Jean graciously wraps up our chat and turns her warm attention to the newcomers, ready to welcome them and make them feel at home.
The Senior Center of West Seattle strives to promote independence and life enjoyment by providing access to medical/legal services, community housing resources, lifelong learning opportunities and social events to keep seniors engaged in our community.
The Senior Center of West Seattle is a multi-purpose facility in which older people may come together to fulfill many of their social, physical, and intellectual needs. It can help expand their interests, tap their potential, and develop their talents. The Center is also a bridge---a broad, two-way bridge--- linking the loose-knit senior community to the community at large. Membership is open to anyone 50 years of age and older for $25 per year. Members receive the bimonthly Seniors' West Side Press, a free birthday and holiday lunch, and reduced activity fees.
One of the most popular programs is Community Dining at the Junction Diner in the Senior Center of West Seattle. Like at many centers, hot lunches are available to those 60 and over for a suggested donation of only $3 (and $6 for those under 60.) But here in West Seattle, you’ll also find a Cordon Bleu-trained chef! You can find the lunch menu here (link) and even make reservations at 206-932-4044 ext. 1.
You’ll also want to check out the Stop ‘N Shop, Senior Center of West Seattle’s thrift store. Located downstairs on California, West Seattle’s retail hub, the store features kitchenware, tools, knickknacks, jewelry, linens, furniture, home decorations, clothing, accessories and more.
Come meet the members and staff of the Senior Center of West Seattle at one or more of these fun events.
Sep.11, & Oct. 9, 6 p.m.
Second Thursday OUT!
A no-host happy hour at the center for the LGBTQ community and their friends and neighbors to a no-host happy hour at the center. We will then walk-to-dine at Talarico's. No membership or sign up is required.
Sep. 11, 6 pm
Paella Dinner & Flamenco
Chef Jim Yragui and the Flamenca Luz dancers in an evening of fantastic food and entertainment. Tickets available online $20 members, $25, non-members.
Sep. 19, 7 p.m.
Tupperware Party Fun-Raiser!
Join us for a fantastic fundraising party with the fabulous Sylvia O’Stayformore and legendary LaTrina Bidet! Games, drag queens, food, laughs, drinks and fun. Forty percent of all proceeds benefit the Senior Center.
Tickets available online; $20 in advance or $25 at the door ($5 discount for members.)
Sep.26, 7 p.m.
Las Vegas Rainbow Bingo
Tickets: $10 for SCWS members, $15 for non-members; add $5 when paying at the door. This event is close to selling out: call 206.932.4044 x 4.
Oct. 21, 7 pm
Paint Night & Wine
A local master artist guides you in painting your own interpretation of the evening’s selected artwork. Light snacks and no-host beer and wine to fuel your creativity. Tickets available online: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (if available.). Includes all of the art supplies you need.
Learn more on the Senior Center of West Seattle website.
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